Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating

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How we choose—and lose—our mates has always been a source of fascination. This controversial book is the first to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. The Evolution of Desire is based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 peoples of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide. If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, we must look into our evolutionary past, according to David ...

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Overview

How we choose—and lose—our mates has always been a source of fascination. This controversial book is the first to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. The Evolution of Desire is based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 peoples of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide. If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, we must look into our evolutionary past, according to David M. Buss. For in attracting, keeping, and even breaking up with our mates, we are closer to our ancestral forebears than many of us think.

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Editorial Reviews

Elle
An ambitious addition to the ever-growing shelves of books on sex wars.... Buss is refreshingly evenhanded.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Clear, coherent, and convincing.... [What] makes it intriguing are the insights it offers into our behavior and the behavior of our partners, lovers, and friends.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the pursuit of a mate, women prefer men who possess money, resources, power and high social status, while men tend to seek attractive, youthful women who will remain sexually faithful. This finding emerged from a global survey by Buss and colleagues of 10,047 persons in 37 cultures, from Australia to Zambia. Women and men are often at cross-purposes in mate selection, sexual relations and affairs. In a provocative study, Buss, a University of Michigan psychology professor, attributes these differences to ingrained psychological mechanisms which he argues are universal across cultures and rooted in each gender's adaptive responses over millennia of human evolution. One area, however, where Buss finds common ground between men and women is in their ruthless use of deception, sexual display and denigration of rivals in the pursuit of a partner. Feb.
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Presents a unified theory of human mating behavior based on a study encompassing over 10,000 people representing 37 cultures. By looking at our evolutionary past and the results of the mating study, the author draws an often disturbing picture of mating strategies and motives. As Buss admits, "Much of what I discovered about human mating is not nice." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465021437
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/26/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Buss is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of six books, including Personality: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature and The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition
1 Origins of Mating Behavior 1
2 What Women Want 19
3 Men Want Something Else 49
4 Casual Sex 73
5 Attracting a Partner 97
6 Staying Together 123
7 Sexual Conflict 142
8 Breaking Up 168
9 Changes over Time 183
10 Harmony Between the Sexes 209
11 Women's Hidden Sexual Strategies 223
12 Mysteries of Human Mating 250
Notes 287
Bibliography 304
References for Chapters 11 and 12 322
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Exposes the reality of the human mating process

    This book provides informatin on human mating stratagies. Put your sentimental self aside and get to the reality of why we do what we do. The book is a must read for any person in a relationship.

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